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ABC's of Happiness

Published July, 2001

Run time 5:00
Producer Johan Wilhemson
Sponsor Internet Archive
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: brewster - - February 4, 2015
Subject: Love this film from 2001 about Gov Propoganda

The Internet Archive had a contest in summer of 2001 to see if people would use the prelinger collection (this is years before youtube), and this was my favorite submission.

For me, the idea of it still holds up.

Reviewer: 123Gene123 - - March 24, 2006
Subject: What we don't Know~~ (2006)
There is more to this nation (USA) that we don't know than we do know. People pray in a church, and their sons are abroad killing folks in a war- probably for the reason of an impending oil crisis or scare of one. We are told to save money to be smart, so we shop at large discounters that get their goods in Asia or overseas, nothing is being made in the USA (almost). What we don't know is a LOT. The people that live in wealth continue at a speed of life fast enough to eclipse any feelings of doubt that they should live otherwise- ignorance can be bliss I guess. GENE
Reviewer: BakedDon - - January 21, 2006
Subject: Don't forget
We are controlled by a small group of dominate men. The worst ruled and most completely controlled government in the civilized world. Some of the biggest men in the United States are afraid of something. They know that there is a power, so organized, so subtle, so interlocked, so complete that they had better not speak above their breath, when they speak in condemnation of it. -- Woodrow Wilson
Reviewer: Koganite - - November 1, 2005
Subject: It's not propaganda, or anything really.
After seeing this piece a few times, I'll have to disgree with the last comment. It's not anti-war, it's anti-revisionist-history if anything, but in reality I'm not sure what it is.

First off, I'm not sure why this one was selected as the winner, because to me the production value (if that's what they call the poorly animated narrator,) does not make up for the bad pacing and strange compositon.

I can see how this is against forgetting history, but it doesn't really say why. Plus, it uses American war footage, but the "host" is clearly not American. What is that trying to say? The other entries had clear case-examples on what happens when history is forgotten. This one just kinda hinted that it can't really be forgotten, even though the danger isn't forgetting history, it's rewriting it where people can justify atrocities.

The other entries were much better in my opinion. This one just doesn't seem to go anywhere.
Reviewer: Chas7 - - October 19, 2005
Subject: Waste of my time
Shallow anti-war propoganda. No commentary on the various wars we've been in. Amazing.

I most definitely am not holding my breath waiting for next week's installment - "I".